Mary-Kate and Ashley have great tricks ready for the Harrington magic show. They're sure to be a hit! But before show time, Ashley's partner leaves her trapped in a box and Mary-Kate's mind-reading horse disappears. The girls are going to need some real magic to get out of this one!
About the Author
Mary-Kate and Ashley have been celebrities since the day when, at the age of nine months, they joined the cast of the hit sitcom "Full House" in their shared role as Michelle. Each of Mary-Kate and Ashley's 14 years since has witnessed the outstanding expansion of their popularity...their fans have literally grown up alongside the twins! First in television and feature films, Mary-Kate and Ashley now appear in videos, music, interactive software, fashion dolls and accessories, and more. Their latest ventures include launching their official website and debuting a line of licensed fashion clothing, as well as their very own magazine in spring 2001.
Mary-Kate & Ashley books launched in 1990, and today the various book series continue to grow to reflect the ever-evolving lifestyles of kids, 'tweens, and teens. HarperEntertainment and Parachute Publishing release twenty-five books a year and have sold more than 30 million copies. Mary-Kate and Ashley's two book series Two of a Kind and The New Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley are frequent USA Today bestsellers. And Mary-Kate & Ashleynovelties, such as Wall Calendars, a Mood Diary, a Be My Valentinecard-making kit, and the movie tie-in series, Starring-In continue to be hugely popular.
The growth of the Mary-Kate & Ashley brand has afforded Parachute and Harper the opportunity to work with companies such as Acclaim Entertainment, Mattel Inc., Warner Home Video, Kid Rhino, Lightyear Entertainment, Sail with the Stars on cross-promotional and cross-merchandise projects, including a very special, book-dedicated area on mary-kateandashley.com Now Read This!
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"I'm in heaven," Mary-Kate Burke announced as she rushed through the doors of the White Oak cafeteria. "I've just had the most awesome afternoon of my entire life!"
Mary-Kate's twin sister Ashley glanced up from the powdered doughnut she was eating. She and a group of their friends were just finishing lunch.
"Where have you been?" Ashley asked.
"And what's his name?" Samantha Kramer joked. "There must be a guy involved if your day was that good."
What's his name? Mary-Kate's eyes twinkled. "Well,"' she said, "actually his name is Sugar."
Ashley sputtered powder in Mary-Kate's direction. "You spent the afternoon with a guy named Sugar?"
"Say it, don't spray it," Mary-Kate complained. "And Sugar is not a guy. He's a horse."
"A horse?" Ashley asked.
"The best horse ever," Mary-Kate declared. "I rode him all afternoon, and he was perfect!"
"I didn't know we had horseback riding at White Oak," Samantha said. White Oak Academy was the all-girls boarding school they attended in New Hampshire.
"We don't," Mary-Kate explained as she took off her parka and squeezed next to Ashley on the bench.
"And I didn't know you rode," Phoebe Cahill said. Phoebe was Ashley's roommate. The girls were twelve years old and in the seventh grade.
"I started taking riding lessons back in Chicago when I was six," Mary-Kate said.
"She used to compete in show jumping," Ashley added. "Her room backhome is filled with riding ribbons and trophies."
"I wish we did have riding here." Mary-Kate sighed. "I've missed it so much. My friend Charlotte heard me talking about it in gym the other day. So she introduced me to her friend Sean. His family owns the Starbright Stables right down the road. He said I could come over anytime I want to help him exercise the horses."
"It's funny that we're talking about horses," Phoebe said. "I just bought the greatest riding outfit. Vintage 1940s."
Mary-Kate rolled her eyes. Phoebe Cahill loved anything vintage. With her antique blue glasses, Phoebe herself looked as if she were living in the past. In fact, the only thing new in her room was her toothbrush!
"Sean wasn't there today," Mary-Kate went on. "So J.D. he's one of the other stable boys let me ride Sugar. Honestly, Ashley, he is the sweetest and smartest horse. Even you could ride him with no trouble!"
Ashley laughed. "I don't think so."
"What's the matter, Ashley?" Samantha asked, "Don't you like horses?"
"Sure, I like horses," Ashley said. "They just don't seem to like me."
"That's because you never learned to ride the right way," Mary-Kate said. "But you'd love Sugar, Ashley. He's the smartest horse I've ever ridden. And I've ridden a lot of horses." She smiled, remembering how well Sugar had responded to every command. "He's perfect." She sighed.
"Who's perfect?" a boy's voice behind Mary-Kate asked.
Mary-Kate whirled around. Ross Lambert and three of his friends were standing near the bulletin board behind her.
Ross was Ashley's boyfriend and a student at Harrington Academy, the all-boys school down the road.
Ashley jumped to her feet and gave Ross a big smile. "She's talking about a horse," she explained.
"What are you guys doing here?" Mary-Kate asked the boys.
"We came to put up these posters," Ross said. He reached into the bag he had slung over his shoulder. "The annual magic show is coming up." He pulled out a glossy poster showing a magician's top hat and magic wand.
"I heard something about that," Mary-Kate said. "It's for charity, right?"
Ross nodded. "It's a pretty big deal. People come from all the towns around here to see the show."
Elliot Weber, one of the guys with Ross, added, "Each magic act is performed by a team a Harrington guy and a White Oak girl. It's been a tradition."
Ross turned around to tack the poster to the bulletin board. "We've got to hurry up and choose partners," he said. "The show is only a few weeks away." He smoothed the poster and turned back to face Ashley. "I already know who I want for a partner." He leaned close to Ashley and waggled his brown eyebrows, grinning. "Got any good tricks up your sleeve?"
"Me?" Ashley's face lit up. "Not yet, but I can find one if I have to."
"That's okay," Ross said. "I know a great trick we can do together. So we're a team?"
Ashley shook his hand. "We're a team."
"I want to be in the magic show, too," Mary-Kate said. "I already know one magic trick!" She grabbed the rest of Ashley's doughnut. "Now you see it" She popped the doughnut in her mouth. "Now you don't!"
Everyone laughed. Mary-Kate looked at the three boys who had come with Ross. Would one of them be a good magic partner? she wondered.
There was Elliot Weber, a tall, pale boy with short brown hair who was in her biology class. He was smart and very competitive.
He might be a good partner, Mary-Kate thought. Knowing Elliot, he'd want to make sure his trick was the best in the show.
Then there was Max Dorfman. He was short, with dark curly hair. He was shy and Mary-Kate didn't know him very well. The third boy was Marty Silver, who was always tripping over his own feet.
"I need a partner," Max said softly. "I'm going to pull a rabbit out of a hat."
Phoebe leaped to her feet. "I'll work with you! I love rabbits."
"Great," Max said. He gave a shy shrug and looked away...Two of a Kind #21: Now You See Him, Now You Don't. Copyright © by Mary-Kate & Ash Olsen. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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